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'Reading Taiwan' to emphasize originality at Frankfurt Book Fair
'Reading Taiwan' to emphasize originality at Frankfurt Book Fair

The Taiwan Pavilion will showcase a wide range of works, including translated literature and original comics, at the 69th edition of the Frankfurt Book Fair running from Oct. 11 through 15 in Germany this year.

Under the banner “Reading Taiwan,” the pavilion this year will highlight the spirit of humanism in Taiwan’s culture through a wide selection of publications and interactive tea-sampling sessions.

A total of 807 print and digital works from 98 publishers will be featured in eight different sections – “Books from Taiwan,” “Multimedia Publishing,” “Recommended Authors,” “Award-Winning Books,” “Publishers,” “Licensed Foreign Books,” “Independent Publishers,” “Taiwan Book Salon,” and “Licensing Corner.”

Zuo Hsuan (左萱), an award-winning comic artist, will be one of this year’s special guests at the book fair. Known for exquisite composition and warm colors, Zuo Hsuan’s first book “The Summer Temple Fair (神之鄉)” won the bronze award at the 10th Japan International Manga Award. She has also made a licensing deal with Europe’s leading comics publisher Mediatoon.

The Taiwan Pavilion will display her “The Summer Temple Fair” as well as illustration “White As Paper (白紙的白),” interdisciplinary work “What She Put on the Table (五味八珍的歲月),” and her manuscripts.

During the fair, Zuo Hsuan will hold book-signing sessions where she will do live demonstrations. A life-sized cardboard cut-out of the Third Lotus Prince character from “The Summer Temple Fair” will also be installed at the pavilion to present Taiwan’s folk culture.

An exhibition titled “The Maritime Silk Road and the World Civilization” will also be held in the pavilion to showcase historic images recovered by Taiwan publishers and their advanced color restoration techniques. The publishers will join an Oct. 12 forum to discuss their journey of creating physical reading experiences in the digital age.

To help promote Taiwan’s original books, the Ministry of Culture has pushed for overseas copyright trading and translation subsidies for publishers. The Ministry has also sponsored licensing professionals – including four this year – to participate in overseas book fairs and provide guidance to Taiwan delegates.

In addition, the Ministry will co-organize an international licensing trade forum with Turkish literature representatives to enhance cultural exchanges and boost trade deals during the Frankfurt fair.


Taiwan Pavilion @ Frankfurt Book Fair


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